Jan 25, 2017

‘Treasury bond scam’ shouldn't concealed - Amaraweera

No body should attempt to conceal what seems to be a fraud at the Treasury bond issue, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said in Parliament yesterday (24).

He said President Maithripala Sirisena is seeking possibilities to acquire money or assets of Perpetual Treasuries if it is found guilty by the Presidential Commission appointed to probe into the bond issue.

He said that if the allegations were proved, possibilities would be sought to confiscate any assets of the Perpetual Treasuries that had bought with the money gained allegedly by way of the fraud.

Minister Amaraweera made these observations yesterday joining the adjournment motion moved by JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake on the Treasury Bond Issue.

Minister Amaraweera said he went before the Bribery Commission as he was of the opinion that there had been a fraud committed in the treasury bond issue. He said as a public opinion was created over the issue, the President cancelled the extension of the Central Bank Governor’s term. “The President will closely monitor the shortcomings of the government just as he was alert on the bond issue,” the minister said.

He said whoever in the previous government or the incumbent government does a fraud, it is a crime. He said the country is indebted around Rs. 90,000 billion. The UNP, SLFP and the JVP have been in power and all are responsible for them.

“The previous regime engaged in large scale frauds. The present government is also engaged in some corruption. Both are equally wrong,” the minister said.

“The Opposition has the right to highlight the shortcomings of the government, but it should not put the development of the country in jeopardy.” The minister said the Opposition has said that the Country was becoming a colony of India, then a Colony of China.

He said when the ambulances were granted, the Opposition said the RAW was coming to Sri Lanka and the Hanuman bridge was to be reconstructed. However, the Opposition creates lies one after the other when one is proved otherwise. They hold press conferences to tell lies.